Lasers can be used in the most common dental procedures. Here are some and how the laser works in these procedures:
Cavities: Certain types of lasers can be used to perform an analysis of tooth decay, potentially predicting what teeth may be vulnerable to cavities in the future. And when there are cavities present, lasers can act in place of both a local anesthetic injection and the traditional dental drill by killing bacteria in the cavity, shaping the tooth in preparation for a cavity, and more. However, a laser cannot be used to replace old fillings or crowns, traditional methods like drills must be used for those procedures.
Teeth whitening: Lasers are used in teeth whitening procedures. First a peroxide bleaching solution is put on the teeth, the solution is then activated by the laser, which makes the whitening occur faster. In higher concentrations of peroxide solution, there is a risk of tooth sensitivity and gum damage.
Reshaping gum tissue: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a “gummy smile,” where the gums have the appearance of overwhelming the teeth. It can make the teeth look small and cause people to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smile or their teeth when they speak. Here at LB Dental, we use something called a Waterlase laser to cut away extra gum tissue and sculpt a more even gum line. Diode lasers cauterize while they cut, which means there is less bleeding and a dramatically reduced risk of infection for patients. The entire gum contouring procedure can be completed in just one brief visit to our office.
Helping cold sores: Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, so it is impossible to prevent a cold sore from ever reappearing. But using the heat of a laser can kill the virus of a cold sore that is already present without harming the healthy skin around it. This will stop the pain and itching and discomfort from a cold sore. The laser also helps to instantly heal the area more quickly and prevent the virus from spreading elsewhere in your mouth.
Helping with root canal procedures: Lasers can open up the surface of a tooth and access the decayed portions around the root, remove the diseased tissue, clean the canal, and also fill it. Research shows that lasers are most helpful in disinfecting the root canal area. Lasers can only project in a straight line, where traditional dental drills and tools can curve just like a tooth’s root can. With our Waterlase technology, we’re able to provide pain-free root canals.
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